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Q. What Is A Septic System?
Q: Why Is it necessary to get my tank pumped on a regular basis?
A. -"The Voice" 1995
The sludge (inorganic matter) that accumulates in the bottom of the tank must be pumped out periodically. There is no additive that can be introduced into the septic tank to rid the tank of inorganic sludge that settles to the bottom of the tank. It must be pumped out! If not pumped out, it will eventually overflow into the absorption area, causing it to fail.
Since solids will continue to build up at the bottom of the tank, it is imperative that the septic tank be pumped out periodically. Remember, sludge is not biodegradable and if it is not pumped out, it will accumulate until it overflows.
The recommended maintance time for an average septic system is 3-4 years. (This frequency may alter based on number of people in the household as well as how closely the below suggestions are followed.)
Q. Why Is Pro-Pump More Beneficial For My System Than RidX?
Q: What are some things I can do to help keep my septic system in proper working condition?
- Using less bleach and more natural cleaners can improve the bacteria in your tank. The more bacteria in your tank the less crust and organic material that builds up. There are a list of natural cleaners you can make at home on our website. (coming soon) You can also visit our pintrest page were there are many other fun ideas related to septics.
- Making your own soaps is a new trend that can save lots of money. Make sure you choose recipes that create a liquid soap or detergent versus the powdered type. The powdered type of soaps can build up in your lines or tank and cause backups.
- Reducing the use of your garbage disposal to only what may accidentally accumulate in the bottom of your sink can decrease the amount of food particles and debris which can add to the amount of material the bacteria has to break down. This can result in a heavy scum/crust layer.
- Refraining from putting any grease down drains can not only reduce the scum/crust build up in tank it can reduce the potential for clogged lines which lead to nasty backups.
- Placing the "flushable" wipes in the garbage instead of the toilet can keep scum/crust layers to a minimum and can prevent motors and pumps from failing due to clogged parts.
- Do Not flush feminine napkins or tampons down toilet.
What Materials Should Not Be Put Into My System?
Items to avoid in Onsite Treatment Systems
Your onsite treatment system relies on microbial action to treat your wastewater. Some household products and practices may disrupt the microbial action and cause onsite systems to function poorly. If you have any concerns about your system’s performance contact a service provider in your area.
Plastic, rubber, scouring pads, dental floss, condoms, kitty litter, cigarette filters, bandages, hair, mop strings, lint, rags, cloths and towels do not decompose in an onsite treatment system. Inert materials build up solids and lead to system malfunction, clogging, or increased pump-out frequency.
Disposable diapers, tampons, sanitary napkins, cotton swabs, paper towels, facial tissues, baby wipes, lotioned, scented or quilted toilet tissue, and moist toilet paper do not dissolve readily in an onsite treatment system. Also, excessive amounts of toilet tissue at one time can lead to system malfunction, clogs, or increased pump-out frequency.
Do not put animal fats and bones, grease, coffee grounds, citrus and melon rinds, corn cobs, or eggshells down the sink. Garbage disposal use should be limited to waste that cannot be scooped out and thrown in the trash. Spoiled dairy products and yeasts from home brewing or baking may interfere with microbial process in your system.
Antimicrobial soaps and automatic toilet disinfection tablets may kill the organisms needed to consume waste. Do not empty mop buckets containing bleach down the sink.
Do not flush expired medicines, as some will disrupt your treatment system and many can eventually find their way into the groundwater. If household members undergo oral or intravenous chemotherapy, the treatment system may require more frequent pump- out intervals or the use of biological additives. Contact an onsite treatment system service provider to find out if such service is needed.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other authorities report that there is no evidence to support the use of additives with normally functioning onsite treatment systems. Some septic tank additives can harm the system. A normally functioning system does not require additives.
Chemicals and Toxins
The following materials will kill the microbes necessary for the biological treatment to occur: paint, paint thinner, solvents, volatile substances, drain cleaners, automotive fluids, fuels, pesticides, herbicides fertilizers, metals, disinfectants, sanitizers, bleach, floor stripping wastes, excessive use of household chemicals, and backwash from water softener regeneration.
To avoid overloading some systems, spread out laundry over the week instead of doing it all in one day. Excessive use of detergents, especially those containing bleach, can affect system performance. Liquid detergents are recommended over powders. Fabric softener sheets are recommended over liquid softeners. Use bleach, sparingly and at half the rate indicated on the container.
What Laundry Detergents are Best for my Septic System?
- Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent
- Charlie’s Soap Laundry Detergent
- Earth Friendly Laundry Products
- Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
- Amway S-A-8
- Country Save Laundry Products
- Fresh Start
- Biokleen Laundry Powder
- Ecover Laundry Products
- Planet Laundry Products
- Mrs. Meyers Laundry Detergent
- Mountain Green Ultra Laundry Liquid
- Seventh Generation Laundry Products
- Ultra Citra-Suds Natural Laundry Detergent